Got a buddy hooked on guns today!!!
So a buddy of mine asked me to go look at a VW Van for sale for him today. I said sure, I'm on my way to the range and it's close by. We can go look at it and you can come with me to shoot if you want. So we checked out the VW, and we head to the range. We've been going to car shows since I moved here, some ball games, etc. We've talked guns, and he has a couple of old ones that are less than stellar, but has basically never shot a handgun before.
I have my Bersa Thunder 9uc, Taurus PT709, S&W 649, H&R 922 snub, Browning Buckmark .22, and Remington Fieldmaster pump .22 rifle. We got 2 lanes, I went over all of the range rules, safe handling instructions, etc. and I showed him how to shoot. We went back and forth from lane to lane and had a blast. At first, he was high and right. Flinching pretty hard. It wasn't long before he was putting them in a circle the size of your hand at 7 and 10 yards. He shot the PT709 better than any of them. We were there for 2 hours and shot 700 rounds total.
For me, it was the first opportunity to shoot the 649 and Buckmark (had to get it sighted in) and they were without fail. I shot from 7, 10, 15, 20, and 25 yards. My previous Buckmark I had dialed in perfectly. I used to shoot golf balls from 25 yards with factory open sights. This one, I was hitting a 3"x3" post-it note with it from 25 yards with factory open sights, but just could not get a good group or consistent placement inside of the square with it. I've got some work to do to get it fine-tuned, but I'm sure it is me and not the gun. The 649, DA trigger pull I was dead centering the 3"x3" post-it note from 15 yards. Buttery smooth!!!
So, when we finish we head out into the gun store part of the range and my buddy LOVED IT. He startes asking me how to get a permit and I tell him the process. He waves one of the guys over and signs up for the class on 8/30 and pays them up. Then we start looking at guns and we check out a multitude of brands and types and he liked the Bersa Thunder CC .380 and the Bersa BP9CC 9mm. He couldn't decide, SO HE BOUGHT THEM BOTH!!!
I was so proud, we went to a little local dive and sat outside and had seafood and a cold beer and listened to live music...MY TREAT!!! The least I could do for my new 2A supporter. We talked about 2A, carry laws, lethal force, and I gave him some websites (including DC) to check out. The only bad part is after the money he spent today his old lady might not let him hang out with me on Saturdays anymore. But hey, there's a lot worse things he could have spent his money on.
PS. Oh, and I fell in love with my Taurus PT709 all over again. Dead nuts on shot after shot from 10 yards. Shot the center out of the target. That's 2200 trouble free rounds through it now. Same thing with my Bersa Thunder 9uc. Shooting it is like painting with a brush. LOVE THOSE GUNS!!!